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Former gang leader 'Ninja' walks free after 25 years

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He was known as the most notorious gang leader, and he was feared by many.

But now. Paulus Shimweefeleni, well known as "Ninja," says he is a changed man as he takes the walk of freedom from the Windhoek Correctional Facility tomorrow, where he had been a resident for 25 years, sentenced for murder.

In a special report, nbc News reporter Selima Henock sat down with Ninja, who shared his journey of crime and transformation. 

Shimweefeleni is a man who was once feared and whose name caused a chill up the spines of those who crossed his paths over two decades ago. 

Nigel Van Wyk receives bail

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Former Fisheries Minister Bernhardt Esau is set to spend another Christmas in the confines of the Windhoek Correctional Facility, as High Court Judge David Munsu ruled that he would remain in custody pending trial.

The judge underscored Esau's clear and prominent involvement in all alleged syndicates linked to the Fishrot scandal, based on preliminary evidence presented by the state during bail proceedings.

On the other hand, Nigel Van Wyk, associated with the scandal through his employment at Shanghala's company, has been granted bail under stringent conditions.

Ombudsman sees need to renovate Windhoek prison

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Ombudsman Basilius Dyakugha says there is an urgent need to renovate the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

The Ombudsman, accompanied by an observor team, made a late afternoon visit to the male section of the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

Following his visit there, he was satisfied with the general cleanliness; however, he says there is a need for more cleaning materials to assist the inmates in cleaning. 

He also commended the authorities at the correctional facility for having section heads and managing the different areas to keep order.

NSCO 2023 opens opportunity to offenders

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A brighter future awaits four offenders who are incarcerated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility after they competed and bagged two silver medals at a recent 3rd National Skills Competition (NSCO) at Ongwediva.

The performance and sportsmanship displayed by the offenders left a mark on the Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training, and Innovation, Dr. Raimo Naanda, who, in his personal capacity, sourced sponsorships to enable them to further their abilities once they are released.

Amushelelo allegedly on hunger strike

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Social activist Michael Amushelelo, currently an inmate at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, has reportedly gone on a hunger strike to highlight his quest for freedom.

Amushelelo has been incarcerated since March 21, following an unemployment demonstration in the capital.

The hunger strike was posted on his Facebook page three days ago by his wife, who manages his social media pages.

The nbc News sought a comment from the Deputy Commissioner at the Correctional Facility, Veikko Armas, who said Amushelelo has been eating since Friday.

Bernhardt Esau states his health worsened after incarceration

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Former Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernhardt Esau informed Judge David Munsu that his health condition has worsened after his incarceration at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

Esau, who is applying for bail, informed Munsu that the facility does not have the capacity to provide proper care to those who suffer from chronic illnesses.

He has been admitted to the Lady Pohamba private hospital twice now; his hospital stay came at a time when his bail application was set to resume.

Khomas Regional Council donates to Windhoek Correctional Facility

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The Khomas Regional Council donated items valued at close to N$ 80 000 to the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

The gesture was made during a visit by the Khomas Governor and the council to the facility to look at the challenges faced by the rehabilitation centre.

The Khomas Regional Council took it upon itself to see challenges first-hand following a public outcry about the conditions of the facility and the alleged bad treatment meted out to inmates.

Accompanied by members of the regional council, the Governor met with prison officials.

Law students donate sanitary products to female inmates

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A group of final-year law students donated sanitary products to female inmates at the Windhoek Correctional Facility. The donation was facilitated through the LLB Aid Handover Programme. 

The donation was comprised of bathing soaps, sanitary pads, nappies, lotion, toothpaste, and other personal items. 

The LLB Aid Handover programme aims to be of service to and uplift communities. 

Speaking for the group, Doreen Lyomba says their gesture is meant to remind inmates that society still cares.